I recently retired from the USA after 21 years. I was diagnosed with servere obstructive sleep apnea 4 years ago. I have used a CPAP since. I applied for VA disability and recieved a rating of 0% because they said the sleep apnea did not impact my ability to hold a full time job. The fact that I have a diagnosis, used a CPAP and confirmed service connection would indicate to me that the rating should have been 50%. I intend to appeal, but would appreciate any advice anyone might have who have been in the same situation. Should I find a support org or pay for a lawyer or dr review of my records. I am at a loss... Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks! The decision said " Service connection for sleep apnea has been established as directly related to military service.A noncompensable evaluation is assigned from September 1, 2007. A noncompensable evaluation is assigned for an asymptomatic condition. A higher evaluation of 30 percent is not warranted unless there is persistent day-time hypersomnolence. The evidence of record indicates that you underwent a sleep study in service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2003. Diagnosis was sleep apnea. Current findings show that you use a CPAP machine. You have no problems with breathing and you have no signs of of hypersomnolence (need excessive amounts of sleep). The examiner states that your sleep apnea does not affect your occumaption or activities of daily living. The evidence of record shows that you were initially diagnosed with sleep apnea in service, service connection is granted effective the date after your discharge from service. This condition is rated at 0 percent disabling because evidence does not show any problems with breathing or any effect on your occupation or activities of daily living. A high evelauation of 30 percent of 30 percent would be warrented if persistent day-time hypersomnolence were shown" The bottom line is I can's sleep without my CPAP. My problem is probally worse than when diagnosed with 74 instances an hour... What should I do?